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International Coffee & Tea Festival underway

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Nov 2016

The International Coffee & Tea Festival (ICTF), dedicated to the specialty coffee and tea industry opened on 2 November at Meydan Gallery and Convention Centre, Dubai. Running until 4 November, the trade event will showcase cafe solutions, including tea and coffee products and bar and café equipment. Anselm Godinho, managing director, International Conferences & Exhibitions,

Jumeirah Restaurant Group closes two F&B outlets

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Nov 2016

Jumeirah Restaurant Group has announced the closure of Japanese restaurant, Tokyo@theTowers and Harry Ghatto’s karaoke bar after 16 years of operations. The space, which currently houses both venues, is located in Emirates Towers Boulevard and will reopen in early 2017 with a new concept. Emma Banks, general manager of Jumeirah Restaurant Group, said: “We are committed to

Mina A’Salam bartender wins UAE Monin Cup

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Nov 2016

Maria Essay Janina Sinay of Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam Dubai, won the UAE edition of the Monin Cup 2016, which took place on 23 October at China Grill Dubai. Twelve of the UAE’s most talented beverage industry professionals under 27 years old were tasked with creating a signature drink using Monin products. Commenting on the

Coffee Planet to expand with new franchise concept

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Nov 2016

UAE coffee roaster, Coffee Planet, has launched its new franchise concept in the wake of the brand’s refreshed look. Available in café, kiosk, cart and vending format, the new franchise model is designed to meet consumer demand for 100% Arabica specialty coffee and expert know-how. With current franchise outlets in the UAE, Qatar, Pakistan and

Pure Harvest to launch high-tech farm in UAE following $1.1mn investment

by Crystal Chesters | 31 Oct 2016

Pure Harvest Smart Farms will begin operating in the Middle East region following the close of a foundational investment of US $1.1 million from Abu Dhabi-based Shorooq Investments. Shorooq has acquired a 3.3-hectare farm site in Nahel, UAE, where Pure Harvest will establish the nation’s first high-tech, commercial-scale greenhouse, capable of year-round tomato production. Sky

French food festival returns to Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 31 Oct 2016

Apéritif à la française returns to Dubai on 19 November, offering Dubai residents a taste of France. Taking place from 12pm – 10pm at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Amphitheatre and Gardens, the event will feature a range of French food and beverage products, cooking stations, live entertainment, French boules and a series of fun

Talent interview: Andrii Osypchuk, bar manager, Gaucho Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Oct 2016

Andrii Osypchuk, bar manager, Gaucho Dubai reveals his tricks of the trade: passion, creativity and inspirational colleagues Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? I started my hospitality career as a waiter when I was 19 during my university years in order to make some extra cash. Who has inspired you most in

Spill the Beans: Marta’s Kitchen

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Oct 2016

Marta Yanci explains why she gave up a successful career as a lawyer to open boutique catering business, Marta’s Kitchen What inspired you to switch from law to catering? I’ve always loved cooking and have always been passionate about great food. Although I really enjoyed my career as a lawyer when I lived in Europe,

Nakheel’s Boardwalk at Palm Jumeirah to house 20 food trucks

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Oct 2016

Nakheel’s AED150 million Boardwalk at Palm Jumeirah, set to open in November, will feature 20 food trucks. Covering the entire 11km length of Palm Jumeirah’s protective crescent, the boardwalk is accessible from 14 points along the existing sidewalk. A variety of food trucks will serve everything from fish and chips to falafels, spaghetti, and shawarmas.

Dubai venue marks Big Daddy’s first international foray

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Oct 2016

New York diner, Big Daddy’s has opened in Dubai, offering burgers, pancakes, milkshakes, retro arcade games machines and an 80s soundtrack.   Located at the Burjuman Centre, the opening mark’s the brand’s first venture outside of the US. Branded Restaurant managing partner Michael Schatzberg said: “We are thrilled to be working with LMZ Cuisines to

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